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Friday, October 28, 2011

Acting Classes Forming in Las Vegas and Boulder City

My Boulder City classes will begin in November.

I would like an all "adult class" if 6 adults register. If not it may be mixed age.

Because it is a Park District, the cost is only $40 per month (4 sessions) and class size is small.



Boulder City is located only ten minutes from Henderson and 30 minutes from downtown LV or the Strip. We are not "on the moon."  You will like the town, its like "escaping Vegas."

Contact Patty Sullivan
psullivan@bcnv.org
294-0335/400-3254

When you call and register, let them register you for Monday,
but classes will be on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM
(contact me if this is not a good time for you…702-454-1067
Createcom@gmail.com).


Or if location is key, classes can be formed for adults through Casting Call Enertainment
Located near Flamingo and Eastern, Las Vegas
$99 a month, which includes other courses simultaneous, each 4 times a week.
My current group is heavy on teenagers, however in the past it has been entirely adult
And with registration can be 16 plus, as advertised.
Contact Sharry Flaherty or Gary @ 702-369-0400
contact@castingcallentertainmentinc.com /
vegastalent@aol.com

-Art Lynch
On Monday, the population of the world will reach the milestone population of 7 billion!

Nintendo bleeds profits, banks on strong holiday


Somegeekintn


Nintendo Co., whose Wii and DS consoles fueled the video game industry's almost meteoric growth between 2006 and 2008, is rapidly falling back to earth.

The Japanese game company on Thursday posted a $925.6-million loss during the first six months of its fiscal year ended Sept. 30. That's up dramatically from last year, when Nintendo lost $26.5 million.
Sales were also down as demand for its games and consoles have cooled worldwide, leading to a 41% drop in revenue for the period. Nintendo had sales of $2.8 billion in the first half of its fiscal year compared with $4.8 billion the year before.

The company's newest product, the handheld 3DS console, has struggled to gain traction among consumers since its launch in March, leading Nintendo to drastically cut its price in August from $249.99 to $169.99.

As a result of the price cut and slowing sales of its games, Nintendo lowered its forecast for its fiscal year ending March 31, 2012. Instead of a $263-million gain the company had expected for the year, Nintendo now expects a $263-million loss. Revenue, meanwhile, is projected to hit $10.4 billion, down 12% from an earlier forecast of $11.8 billion that the company issued in July.

But the game's not completely over for Nintendo, analysts cautioned.

"There's no question that the Wii and the DS are at the end of their life cycles," said J.T. Taylor, an analyst with Arcadia Investment Corp. in Portland, Ore. "But there will be a flourish this holiday when Nintendo comes out with promotions and gift bundles. After that, Nintendo's long-term outlook depends on how successful their next console will be."

Even if Nintendo's next generation game console, dubbed Wii U, succeeds in bouncing back the company's market share, many question whether dedicated game consoles can compete with a plethora of connected devices that can funnel all sorts of entertainment options to consumers, from games and movies to television shows and music.

This is especially true of people who play games on a casual basis, the kind of audience on which Nintendo has traditionally thrived.

"Most people interested in playing games casually seem happy to play on their phones for free or close to free," Taylor said.

Still, Nintendo's ability to survive over the years has boiled down to the popularity of its game franchises, including Super Mario, Zelda, Pokemon and Metroid, all of which can only be played on Nintendo devices.

As a result, analysts believe that Nintendo has a solid future in the games business, just not one that will be as large as it once was.

"There is room for them in the market," said Michael Pachter, an analyst with Wedbush Securities, who estimated that Nintendo's business could shrink between 30% and 50%. "But the blue ocean just became very red."

RELATED:
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Once-hot Wii now struggling for sales
Video game console's dominance is crumbling


-- Alex Pham
Photo: Two Nintendo characters, Luigi and Toad. Credit: somegeekintn via Flickr 

Grading Much Harder for CSN Persuasive Speech

It's no joke. Grading will be by the letter for the persuasive speech...so be sure to reread the book and apply what it says. Make sure you have a clear structure or design, full outline with sources APA inside and at the end of your outline, no more than note cards for Extemporaneous delivery, maintain eye contact, have a clear action that can be taken in class to show a change of view or committment, pick a contested top with social or political value, are current on your information and follows all the requirements of the syllabus, evaluation sheet, lecture and textbook. An evaluation sheet, thumbnail outline, full outline with references, short narrative abstract are required.

I would like you all to do well, so put time and energy into developing your speech.

It is worth 20% of your grade.

Think of it as a final exam of speeches.

And then try to relax an enjoy it.

No, I am not joking...

Start carrying dimes, Kitty Litter, Charlie lands on FX, News from the LA Times Company Town Blog...



Cat scratch fever. "Puss in Boots" will meow its way to the top of the box office this weekend with industry estimates calling for it to take in $40 million. Paramount, which is distributing the animated flick, thinks it will be closer to $35 million. That's what's known as lowering expectations. The other two new movies are Justin Timberlake's "In Time," which sounds at first glance like an update of "Logan's Run," and Johnny Depp's "The Rum Diary." Box office projections from the Los Angeles Times and Hollywood Reporter. 


From the LA Times Company Town blog. Click here for the latest industry news links.



Mickey invades Russia. Need further proof of who won the Cold War? Walt Disney Co. is launching the Disney Channel in Russia. More on the expansion from the New York Times.

I'm telling! DirecTV has gone to big brother in its fight with News Corp. In a letter to the Federal Communications Commission, the satellite broadcaster, which is in a contract dispute with News Corp. over distribution agreements for more than 20 cable channels, charged that News Corp. is engaging in misleading advertising. Details from the Los Angeles Times.

Fighting back. Viacom, whose Spike TV used to carry to Ultimate Fighting Championship until it lost the rights to Fox, has bought a big chunk of Bellator, another mixed martial arts outfit. Fights will start on Spike in 2013. The story from USA Today.

Start carrying dimes. Redbox, the owner of those kiosks that rent movies outside stores, is raising its rental price from $1.00 to $1.20. The move comes as business has improved for Redbox in the wake of Netflix's stumbles. Meanwhile, tensions between rental outlets such as Redbox, Blockbuster and Netflix and the movies studios are growing. More from the Los Angeles Times and Bloomberg.

On his own. Although watchers of the palace intrigue at Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. have speculated that the mogul's eldest son Lachlan may return to an executive role at the company, he dismissed such talk in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald. Now head of Australia's TEN Network, Lachlan Murdoch said he has "no plans" to go back to his father's company. The reason there has been attention on Lachlan is in part because his younger brother James, who is now News Corp.'s deputy chief operating officer, has been tarnished by the phone hacking scandal at the company.

Winning! Charlie Sheen's new sitcom -- a TV version of the Adam Sandler movie "Anger Management" -- has landed at FX. Under terms of the deal, FX will telecast 10 episodes and if the show does well is on the hook for another 90. Can't wait for the crossover episode with "American Horror Story." I'll bet Sheen can rock a rubber suit. Thoughts on FX's gamble from Variety's Brian Lowry.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: Kenneth Turan on "Like Crazy" and "Puss in Boots."
-- Joe Flint
Follow me on Twitter. It's like a Game Seven every day! Twitter.com/JBFlint

IMDB and others accused of contributing to age descrimination


Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA Deplore Age Discrimination Facilitated by IMDb.com and Similar Online Databases

Los Angeles (October 27, 2011) — An actor’s actual age is irrelevant to casting. What matters is the age range that an actor can portray. For the entire history of professional acting, this has been true but that reality has been upended by the development of IMDb as an industry standard used in casting offices across America.

IMDb publishes the actual dates of birth of thousands of actors without their consent, most of them not celebrities but rank-and-file actors whose names are unknown to the general public. When their actual ages then become known to casting personnel, the 10+ year age range that many of them can portray suddenly shrinks, and so do their opportunities to work. 

Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists strongly believe that businesses like IMDb have a moral and legal obligation not to facilitate age discrimination in employment. Entertainment industry employers who would never directly ask a potential employee’s age routinely access that information through IMDb and its professional subscription site IMDbPro. IMDb has the power to remove the temptation for employers to engage in age discrimination by accessing this information.

We are disappointed that IMDb has rejected the efforts of Screen Actors Guild, AFTRA and other entertainment industry unions, and workers to work together to reach a solution to this problem. It is time for IMDb to step up and take responsibility for the harm it has caused, and to take appropriate measures to protect entertainment industry workers, including actors, from losing jobs for the enhancement of IMDb’s financial statements.